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8 Ideas For Improving Your Guitar Playing Skills

What are 8 ideas for improving your guitar playing skills? We’ll get to those…

First things first… Learning music is both interesting and difficult, as you have to understand the theory first and then put it to use. A lot of people quit in the initial stages of learning to play guitar because they are unable to cope with the difficulties that arise. Seeing a professional musician play guitar at a particular concert is different than you– yourself–picking up the guitar and playing it.

Beginners always struggle to get things right while playing a chord for the first time or transcribing a solo, but with the passage of time, they start getting the results they want if they practice their instruments consistently.

If you are someone who is extremely interested in jazz music and want to play guitar, you could take lessons provided by Jazz Guitar School. Music teachers can especially help you when it comes to enhancing your guitar playing skills.

If you want to master your guitar playing skills, then consider the following tips…

Join A Music School

The first and most important thing? Join a well-known music school wherein accomplished and experienced teachers can help you sharpen and develop your skills. You have to be in a proper environment to learn music– otherwise, things won’t work in your favor. Most of the time, you **think** that you can check out difficult things over the internet, but online tutorials can never give you the kind of guidance you get from a teacher, who has already taught beginners like you!

Try To Clear The Basic Concepts

You have to “clear the concept” about each and everything involved in playing guitar. Music is a lot like math– you have to go step by step, understanding each step as you go along, in order to accomplish your end goal. If your teacher has spoken about something that is beyond your understanding then you should stop your teacher right away and ask him or her to clarify.

Beginners Should Have An Inquisitive Mind

As a beginner who is just trying to understand the basic concepts of music, you have to have a positive attitude about learning new things and implementing them. If you are learning something about guitar playing, you should want to implement that during your practice sessions. 

Practice Your Instrument At Least An Hour Each Day

If you do not practice your instrument daily, you cannot learn it quickly. There has to be a strong desire in you to practice your instrument regularly. You have to play it frequently to get used to it and to obtain some really good results.

Jazz Improvisation Is Very Important

Every enthusiastic jazz musician has to deal with the process of improvisation, in order to sharpen his/her skills. However, different people adopt different techniques when it comes to succeeding in their guitar playing. For some, the techniques chosen by them work well, but there are also those who completely fail in improving their skills. Improvisation helps enhance your ears when it comes to understanding the sound produced by the guitar. In addition to that, if you take the process of improvisation seriously, it ends up making you a lot more creative.

Try To Improve Your Music Vocabulary

Improvisation becomes quite simple if you start enhancing your music vocabulary. You must concentrate on melodic as well as harmonic patterns if you really want to grow in this area.

Use The Vocabulary While Practicing

Once you think that your music vocabulary has improved you can then start implementing it slowly and gradually during your practice sessions. The more you know and understand, the better player you’ll be.

Get Technical

Now when it comes to getting technical at something, it means using the most technical aspects of a thing in question and making it work for you. For example, as a guitar player, you should try to learn the minor pentatonic pattern, and then play the scale accordingly. Next, you need to get better on the scale when it comes to ascending fourths. Once you learn this “Left-Up-Right-Up” pattern you should start implementing it immediately.

Apart from improvising on the scale in ascending fourths, you should also try to improvise when it comes to descending fourths or the “Left-Down-Right-Down” pattern.

In the end, I would like to stress the fact that you need to be consistent in whatever type of approach you adopt to boost your musical skills, which will take you a step further each new day. –Ruby Daub

How to Record YouTube Music Videos

YouTube music videos are an important part of any music makers’ promotional tools.

There are a lot of reasons that I recommend new artists record a music video of themselves. You can use your own YouTube music videos to help find ways to improve your performance. The video, after all, will allow you to see and hear exactly what your audience does.

YouTube Music Videos

For your first video you don’t need to go out and spend tons of cash to get going. I recommend you simply use the camera and microphone on your laptop or smartphone.

(How to record singing and playing guitar at the same time)

YouTube Music Videos

Below are some helpful tips on how to make yourself look and sound as great as possible for YouTube music videos.

Positioning

On phones and webcams the microphone and camera are attached to each other, so it can be difficult to get the camera far enough back to capture your body, but close enough for the microphone to hear you. It can be a bit of a balancing act.

Get as much of your body in the camera shot as possible so that you can see if you have any weird habits while you play/sing. If your foot is out of frame, you may never know that you subconsciously tap your foot as you sing.

Room Acoustics

Acoustics are the properties or qualities of a room that determine how sound is transmitted in it.

Basic rules:

  • Don’t record in a small room with flat, square, bare walls.
  • Eliminate all the background noise you possibly can.
  • If the room sounds echoey, throw some pillows against the wall and hang up some blankets.

Video Recording Best Practices

Simple best practices:

  • Look into the camera.
  • Sit or stand comfortably/naturally.
  • Don’t wear distracting clothes.
  • Use lots of light.

Simple Next Steps

The easiest way to get a dramatic increase in your recorded music quality is to use a separate microphone. The improvement will be immediate and glorious. Before you go out and buy something though, you need to know how to find the best microphones for singing.

So what are you waiting for? Start recording YouTube music videos today!

This is a guest post by Jesse Elmore from Hear The Music

 

Music Videos: Best Apps

GUEST POST: Music videos are awesome. Modern technology advances mean that it’s easier than ever to enjoy your favorite music, no matter where you are. Now, almost any device has the power to host your favorite music videos from almost any artist you chose.

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Music Videos

With so many fantastic music videos on the market, it can be hard to pick the best place to see them. We’ve compiled a list of three frontrunners bound to give you your best daily music videos fix.

YouTube + a VPN

Everyone knows that YouTube is by far the industry giant in music videos. The fact that music videos can be individually uploaded by anyone means that you’re able to find almost any song you are looking for without a problem. There’s usually a range of options, so you can opt for the best quality.

Unfortunately, when it comes to being on the go, YouTube does have its drawbacks. It’s one of the most heavily censored sites worldwide, so you could find it’s often blocked if you travel to a different country. Because of this, it’s wise to accompany it with a VPN such as IPVanish, which will hide your IP address and allow you to gain access no matter where you are. Cool tip, huh?

Vidzone

Run and operated by VidZone Digital Media and Sony Entertainment, this is probably the largest official source for music videos available today. With over 10,000 unique videos available and a well-structured user interface, you can easily search by genre, artist or song to find a great variety of music videos.

You get the opportunity to create bespoke playlists of your favorite tracks with this app. It’s perfect for parties and social events. You can also ‘favorite’ tunes that you listen to regularly and add songs to a queue to create an ongoing listening and watching experience. BONUS: The app’s regularly updated with new releases.

Pluto.TV

Pluto.TV is an online broadcasting app that offers over a hundred channels, many of which solely stream music videos. You can choose by specific genre or even opt for one of the many channels dedicated to some of the biggest names like David Bowie and Taylor Swift.

Set up identically to a digital TV box, this app is easy to use. Switch between channels when you’re bored of the content you’re getting. You can also skip backward and forward through shows. Do this to find certain songs you want to listen to or to check out content you might have missed. It’s like MTV used to be, only better.

These are just a few of the many great music video services out there.

About the Author: Caroline is an entertainment and technology blogger and life-long music fan. She loves combining her passions and finding the best ways that tech has influenced the world of music. She hopes she can share all she knows to help others make the most of our changing world!